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Stephen R. Lampl 06-22-2010 11:23 AM

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[I][B]100622 TUESDAY

Warm-up:
[/B][/I]400m Run
DROM
Pass Throughs
Body Circles
10 squats (OHS w/ PVC)
10 Ab-Mat sit-ups
10 Ring Rows (supine pull-ups)
25 Push Press 45#

[I][B]WOD: Four Rounds for Time of:
[/B][/I]20 Kb Swings (1.5 / 1.0 Pood)
20 Walking Lunges (weighted overhead) - 45#/25#/scaled as necessary
10 Burpees
[B]TIME = 13:02 [/B](scaled OH weight to 25#)

[I][B]Strength/Skill Work:
[/B][/I][B]Push-ups:
[/B]5 X 10 (on parallettes)
1 X 10 (on rings)
5 X 5 (rings, feet on box)
[B]Barbell Bent-over Rows:[/B] 85#
5 X 10
[B]Barbell Curls [/B](Yeah, I know.....) 65#
5 X 5
[B]Air Squats:
[/B]5 X 25. Work for time of one per second. Rest no more than 2:00 between sets.

[B]Burpee Challenge Day 22 - [/B]22 Burpees (253).

Joe Bernard 06-23-2010 12:29 AM

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[QUOTE=Stephen R. Lampl;800689]Joe, Great to hear from you - - thanks for stopping by. Lots has gone on in the past 6 - 8 months. Found out that the hamstrings were letting go due to my having an extremely weak posterior chain - - big muscle imbalance the hammies were just not designed to handle. Basically started over again in Feb....had to take 4 mos off - - never again! How are things on your end? God Bless - - have a truly blessed day! Steve[/QUOTE]

Oh jeez, sorry to hear about that, glad things are better now. How did you find out about the muscle imbalance?

My right hamstring is doing better, I've been in Italy studying abroad for the past five weeks so I haven't really been working out a whole lot, just walking around ALOT; more than I ever have in my life lol. I have gotten lazy with stretching it, but it seems to be feeling better. The true test will be next week, I get home this saturday and am starting back up with my affiliate next monday...hopefully it holds up.

It's good to see you back on your feet and in full steam again. Good luck with everything going forward!

Richard Macaulay 06-23-2010 02:53 AM

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[QUOTE=Stephen R. Lampl;800698][I][B]100622 TUESDAY

Warm-up:
[/B][/I]400m Run
DROM
Pass Throughs
Body Circles
10 squats (OHS w/ PVC)
10 Ab-Mat sit-ups
10 Ring Rows (supine pull-ups)
25 Push Press 45#

[I][B]WOD: Four Rounds for Time of:
[/B][/I]20 Kb Swings (1.5 / 1.0 Pood)
20 Walking Lunges (weighted overhead) - 45#/25#/scaled as necessary
10 Burpees
[B]TIME = 13:02 [/B](scaled OH weight to 25#)

[I][B]Strength/Skill Work:
[/B][/I][B]Push-ups:
[/B]5 X 10 (on parallettes)
1 X 10 (on rings)
5 X 5 (rings, feet on box)
[B]Barbell Bent-over Rows:[/B] 85#
5 X 10
[B]Barbell Curls [/B](Yeah, I know.....) 65#
5 X 5
[B]Air Squats:
[/B]5 X 25. Work for time of one per second. Rest no more than 2:00 between sets.

[B]Burpee Challenge Day 22 - [/B]22 Burpees (253).[/QUOTE]


I was super super impressed with all of this until i saw the barbell curls....what is this nonsense????

Haha awesome as always Steve.

Ricky

Stephen R. Lampl 06-23-2010 07:41 AM

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[quote=Joe Bernard;801083]Oh jeez, sorry to hear about that, glad things are better now. How did you find out about the muscle imbalance?

My right hamstring is doing better, I've been in Italy studying abroad for the past five weeks so I haven't really been working out a whole lot, just walking around ALOT; more than I ever have in my life lol. I have gotten lazy with stretching it, but it seems to be feeling better. The true test will be next week, I get home this saturday and am starting back up with my affiliate next monday...hopefully it holds up.

It's good to see you back on your feet and in full steam again. Good luck with everything going forward![/quote]
Joe,

Thanks. Found out about the imbalance by both reading about the causes and remedies for hamstring tears and also by virtue of the CF workouts. Box jumps, Tabata squats (with low numbers), difficulty with "exploding out of the hole" (bottom of back squats, cleans, or other lifts with pulls from the ground) have been examples of just not having the power to be proficient. Oddly enough, running is another example. I'm starting to see my times drop a bit and it is becoming easier to run.

Here's hoping things go well for you next week. I have to agree that all the walking probably did you a world of good. Just be sure to take it easy and give yourself some time - - and do LOTS of warming up!

Take care!

Stephen R. Lampl 06-23-2010 07:44 AM

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[quote=Richard Macaulay;801102]I was super super impressed with all of this until i saw the barbell curls....what is this nonsense????

Haha awesome as always Steve.

Ricky[/quote]
Ha! Thanks Ricky - - I figured you, if anyone, would catch that! :rofl:.

Oddly enough, the isolation from the ring pull ups, curls, and supine grip (regular) chins are hopefully going to help me get some better upper arm strength. Kinda lacking there......

Stephen R. Lampl 06-23-2010 11:22 AM

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[I][B]100623 WEDNESDAY - - REST DAY

[/B]Okay....so I couldn't stay away from it either.....
[B]
Warm-up: [/B][/I]
800m Walk
800m Run
DROM
Arm Circles
Pass Throughs
Body Circles
10 X OHS (PVC)
10 X GHD Sit-ups
10 X Back Extensions
10 X Ring Row (supine pull-ups)
10 Push-ups
25 Double Unders (all done single/double)
Foam Rolling / LaCrosse ball deep tissue work...

[I][B]WOD: Alternate (From CF Main Page)
3 Rounds for Time of:
[/B][/I]15 Dumbbell Thruster 50#/35# [B]---> 25#[/B] (no 35# Dbs).
30 GHD Sit-ups [B]---> Ab-Mat Sit-ups (unanchored)
TIME = 4:48

[I]Strength/Skill:
[/I][/B][B]Weighted Box Jumps - 17" tire
[/B]3 X 10 X 10# Dbs
2 x 10 X 15# Dbs
[B]Air Squats
[/B]5 X 25; rest 90 seconds between sets.

Laurie Smith 06-23-2010 11:45 AM

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Great time!!:yikes:

Stephen R. Lampl 06-23-2010 02:42 PM

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[quote=Laurie Smith;801367]Great time!!:yikes:[/quote]
Thanks, Laurie! I really liked this WOD (so did my flaky elbow...).

Stephen R. Lampl 06-24-2010 01:42 PM

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[I][B]100624 THURSDAY

Warm-up:
[/B][/I]1200m Walk (pretty stiff today....)
400m Run
DROM
Trunk Rotations
Trunk Twisters
Arm Circles
Pass Throughs
Body Circles
15 X OHS (PVC)
10 X Push-ups
10 X Pull-ups
10 X OHS (PVC)
5 X Push-ups
5 X Pull-ups
10 X GHD Sit-ups
10 X Hip Extensions
Hand Stand Practice - - got 5 seconds un-supported (feet away from wall)!
25 DUs (did single/double)

[I][B]WOD: Bodyweight Fight Gone Bad
[/B][/I]Perform 3 rounds for time of the following five exercises, resting precisely 1 minute between rounds. Score is your total reps of all exercises/rounds.
Push-ups
Pull-ups
Squats
Sit-ups
Burpees
[B]SCORE = 341
[/B][I]I [B]sucked[/B][/I][I] at the squats, push-ups, and burpees. Plain and simple. Sit-ups were pretty easy and pull-ups went as I expected.

[B]Additional "Mini-WOD": Max Effort 100m Row
[/B][/I][B]Time = 17.7 seconds.
[/B][I]Couldn't seem to drop it below that today - - will try again soon - - I think I can do 14 seconds if I pull hard and fast.....

[/I]BTW, Thank you to all who have stopped by and visited or posted to my log over the last year and a half. I will be logging my workouts on the "Beyond the Whiteboard" site from this point forward, but I will keep in touch with and follow the great work going on at the "Over 50 CrossFitters, Sign In" thread and check in here from time to time on this Log.

Thanks for all the encouragement and support!

Steve

Laurie Smith 06-24-2010 02:26 PM

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Nice job!! I can't even do a hs hold away from the wall. I'm still working on hspu's!!:highfive:

Stephen R. Lampl 06-24-2010 02:38 PM

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[quote=Laurie Smith;802028]Nice job!! I can't even do a hs hold away from the wall. I'm still working on hspu's!!:highfive:[/quote]
Thanks, Laurie - - it was kinda by accident - - came away from the wall without intending to and voila! Still working on HSPU myself........maybe one day when I grow up I'll be strong enough to knock out a few......:D

Helen Lawson 06-25-2010 09:09 AM

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[QUOTE=Stephen R. Lampl;801984]BTW, Thank you to all who have stopped by and visited or posted to my log over the last year and a half. I will be logging my workouts on the "Beyond the Whiteboard" site from this point forward, but I will keep in touch with and follow the great work going on at the "Over 50 CrossFitters, Sign In" thread and check in here from time to time on this Log.[/QUOTE]

Just use the Journal option on "Beyond the Whiteboard" when you have more to add then just your WOD results. That way we can check in on both the Physical & Mental sides of you!

Stephen R. Lampl 06-25-2010 12:11 PM

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[quote=Helen Lawson;802396]Just use the Journal option on "Beyond the Whiteboard" when you have more to add then just your WOD results. That way we can check in on both the Physical & Mental sides of you![/quote]

Thanks, Helen. I'll have to do that. I am still going to post regularly on the "Over 50 CrossFitters Sign In" thread on this forum. Take care!

Richard Macaulay 06-26-2010 12:12 AM

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[QUOTE=Laurie Smith;802028]Nice job!! I can't even do a hs hold away from the wall. I'm still working on hspu's!!:highfive:[/QUOTE]

Il seconds this, great work. I dont go upside down as a rule....lol. I need to work on it though.

Great wod's, im loving your stuff right now steve.

Ricky

Stephen R. Lampl 06-26-2010 12:54 AM

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[QUOTE=Richard Macaulay;802690]Il seconds this, great work. I dont go upside down as a rule....lol. I need to work on it though.

Great wod's, im loving your stuff right now steve.

Ricky[/QUOTE]

Ricky, Many thanks? Took a while for me to go "bottoms up" and feel comfortable with it (have dropped myself on my head a few times). HSPUs are not coming right now -- need to up the press work a bit.

Enjoying the WODs more - thanks. I'm really starting to benefit from getting pushed more. Gotta keep up with them younguns, ya know!

Marianne Urbanski 06-26-2010 08:45 AM

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Just catching up on your log, Steve.. great work lately..
Cudos on the HS hold away from the wall.. our gym literally has no place to do HSPU, so I don't ever get to practice them..
And... I have to add to Ricky's comment on the "curls"... if you are gonna curl anything, you should try my "wine curls", or you can improvise beer if that is your choice!! :rofl:

Stephen R. Lampl 06-26-2010 08:54 PM

Re: Steve's "I'm not aging quietly" log
 
[quote=Marianne Urbanski;802762]Just catching up on your log, Steve.. great work lately..
Cudos on the HS hold away from the wall.. our gym literally has no place to do HSPU, so I don't ever get to practice them..
And... I have to add to Ricky's comment on the "curls"... if you are gonna curl anything, you should try my "wine curls", or you can improvise beer if that is your choice!! :rofl:[/quote]

Marianne,

Thanks! Getting to love handstands - - they ARE fun! Still can't get more than about 5 seconds free....Too bad there's not even a little space along a wall where you guys can get inverted....

As for the wine curls.....I'm not enough of a connoisseur to even know what I'm drinking - - it's either white, rose', or a red.....:rofl:.

Anthony Mattox 06-27-2010 07:49 AM

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Hi Steve. Thanks for the positive comments. I think you do great and with your endurance, which is something I have always lacked. Put me in the heat and it goes down hill from there. I don't know anything about the whiteboard. I'll have to check that out. Getting pretty close to 50 myself. Oh, how it goes by so quickly. I'm 100% with you on "not aging quietly." Keep up the good work and may God bless you with all your endeavors. "Walk in the light, so you don't stumble in the dark."

Tony

Stephen R. Lampl 06-27-2010 10:16 AM

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Tony,

Hope you're having a great Sunday! The heat definitely sucks endurance out of a person - - we lived in Redding, CA for almost 12 years - - summers with temps at or above 100 for 6 - 8 weeks; dry though. Got acclimated and was able to do my "LSD" runs pretty much every day without issue, but I drank water like a fish.......I want to work toward being able to push through most WODs I tackle without having to stop to breathe.......I'm used to my heart rate staying up (but it's not going through the roof anymore) but oxygen debt just kills me. I run into that routinely before muscle failure - - at least in some exercises.

Beyond the Whiteboard is a great tool - - costs 3 bucks a month, but has the database capacity to store your workout data, PRs, journaling, and computes your specific power output and ranking for the WODs you do.

Have a great day. Blessings.

Steve

Anthony Mattox 06-28-2010 07:53 PM

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Thanks for the OHS attaboy. My left arm always gives out on me first. I found a 5 gal bucket helpful (the gym has a leaking roof, so the buckets are plentiful). I probably don't go down as far as I should, but I drop below the thigh plain. It also gives me a feeling of security when my rump hits it I know its time for me to go back up. I struggle with the balance coming back up sometimes. I experimented the other day with hand placement and I think my body likes my hands about 1" inside the smooth rings. You're making great progress. Had a good Sunday, didn't do much but church, family, and of course CF. I hope yours went as well. The "RJ" workout today was extremely tough - 56 min. Thought I was going to die. Could barely get enough water afterward. God bless. Tony

Stephen R. Lampl 06-28-2010 10:17 PM

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Tony,

You're welcome! Body mechanics, foot and hand placement, etc., it all is important to one's lifts. A standard medicine ball (Dynamax, Garage Gym, etc.) also makes a great depth gauge and may allow you to drop a bit farther (if necessary) than a 5 gallon bucket.

Thanks for the positive feedback. Encouragement is always good....;). Had a great weekend and took a rest day yesterday - - spent it with my daughter!
Have thought about doing "RJ" also, but it is enough beyond me that I need to scale it way back. But that's what scaling is for.......God Bless you also!....Jeremiah 29:11.

Stephen R. Lampl 07-01-2010 11:43 AM

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Just a quick update that I'm posting my workouts on "Beyond the Whiteboard" and logging on the "Over 50 CrossFitters, Sign In" log.

Hope everyone is doing well.....Blessings!

Steve

Anthony Mattox 07-01-2010 06:29 PM

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How's your hamstring? I've not done that yet and hope I never do. A tear is never good or pain free. What's the rehab for it rest? Tony

Stephen R. Lampl 07-01-2010 09:59 PM

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[quote=Anthony Mattox;805262]How's your hamstring? I've not done that yet and hope I never do. A tear is never good or pain free. What's the rehab for it rest? Tony[/quote]
Tony,

Hammy is much better than I deserve. I also hope you never suffer that injury. I would imagine your posterior chain is much stronger and/or more balanced than mine has been (years of overtraining the quads and not enough attention to the PC). That being the case, you should have no problem if you don't overdo. Pain has been minimal, but the injury, depending on itd degree, can be pretty painful. Rehab is ice, rest, and then careful but targeted exercise to increase the blood flow and functionality through the area on the injury to rebuild contractile tissue and minimize scar tissue formation. Prayer to Jehovah Raffa (God, our Healer) is also good....:D

Take care and blessings.....

Stephen R. Lampl 07-03-2010 12:39 PM

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[I][B]100703 SATURDAY

[/B][/I]Had a proverbial "come to Jesus" (pardon the expression) experience today......have really felt in rut and not really progressing with my training.

We did OHS today for a 1 RM. Torn hamstring felt absolutely fine with the light weights I've been able to handle doing OHS anyway. So really concentrated and warmed up with a 45# bar 2 X 5. That was a PR - - I've never been able to do that without coming forward on my toes and losing the bar somewhere in a 5 X. Eventually worked up to PR of 75# X 1 rep. Only to see 1). A 12 or 13 year old boy who has NEVER done an OHS put up 75#......and then a woman who just joined our box and has not done OHs before also put up 75#. I've been trying to do OHS for [U]1.5 freakin' years![/U] Same thing with DUs........yet others can just "get them" after a few weeks of work at the most.

Time for me to re-evaluate my purpose for CrossFitting......I seem to regularly injure myself enough to have set-backs every 4 to 6 months. I'm not making any real progress. Worse yet, my unbridled passion has apparently alienated some folks, maybe even here on the forum - - I just hope the ones I might have offended at the box will continue to come.......

Perhaps it's time for me to start thinking like a 59 year old "smoke farter" (as per the phrase coined by one of the "Over 50 CrossFitter's") and leave the fire breathing to the younger, more flexible folks. I thought I might have a chance at the Masters' next year, but the more I research things, the more I realize that I'm attempting to reach way beyond my abilities. I think even with solid one-on-one coaching it would be a long-shot.

Anyway, nuff said. Time for me to get a life elsewhere besides on this log and learn to focus my passion in a sensible way.

Blessings and ROCK ON!

Steve

Tamara Cohen 07-03-2010 03:50 PM

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[QUOTE=Stephen R. Lampl;805955][I][B]100703 SATURDAY

[/B][/I]Had a proverbial "come to Jesus" (pardon the expression) experience today......have really felt in rut and not really progressing with my training.

We did OHS today for a 1 RM. Torn hamstring felt absolutely fine with the light weights I've been able to handle doing OHS anyway. So really concentrated and warmed up with a 45# bar 2 X 5. That was a PR - - I've never been able to do that without coming forward on my toes and losing the bar somewhere in a 5 X. Eventually worked up to PR of 75# X 1 rep. Only to see 1). A 12 or 13 year old boy who has NEVER done an OHS put up 75#......and then a woman who just joined our box and has not done OHs before also put up 75#. I've been trying to do OHS for [U]1.5 freakin' years![/U] Same thing with DUs........yet others can just "get them" after a few weeks of work at the most.

Time for me to re-evaluate my purpose for CrossFitting......I seem to regularly injure myself enough to have set-backs every 4 to 6 months. I'm not making any real progress. Worse yet, my unbridled passion has apparently alienated some folks, maybe even here on the forum - - I just hope the ones I might have offended at the box will continue to come.......

Perhaps it's time for me to start thinking like a 59 year old "smoke farter" (as per the phrase coined by one of the "Over 50 CrossFitter's") and leave the fire breathing to the younger, more flexible folks. I thought I might have a chance at the Masters' next year, but the more I research things, the more I realize that I'm attempting to reach way beyond my abilities. I think even with solid one-on-one coaching it would be a long-shot.

Anyway, nuff said. Time for me to get a life elsewhere besides on this log and learn to focus my passion in a sensible way.

Blessings and ROCK ON!

Steve[/QUOTE]

Please do not "get a life elsewhere" Steve.

Look, I'm 34. In the last year, I had a torn hamstring and compensating back injury that put me out almost completely for 2 months. And, now, I have this shoulder injury, which is going to be a long road. So, take a week and reevaluate if you must, but I expect to see you here :D.

Nancy Cohen 07-03-2010 04:06 PM

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Steve, I'm about to pm you.

Benjamin R. Greene 07-04-2010 08:20 PM

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Oh no! Is it even possible that Steve is getting discouraged? Me, I understand, but Steve?

Don't let other people's abilities get yourself down, Steve. Somewhere, out there, is some guy who is way better than us at something. That is true for me, you, and everyone else who does CrossFit.

Remember how you were when you started? Go back and read the entry you did on your first day. Remember that guy? What has CrossFit done for your life?

And think about the support and encouragement you have given to thousands of CrossFitters when they were down, myself included. God introduced you to CrossFit for a reason: To bring joy and support to others. Each of those thousands of views on your posts is you bringing a message to a real person, and I guarantee you have changed people's lives. I know your support and advice has meant a lot to me.

I would be surprised if every CrossFitter, at least once, doesn't look at somebody else and think, "What am I doing here? I will never do that or look like that." Each of us is competing only with ourselves. Our innate athletic talent was given to us at birth, and our only competition is what we could do yesterday.

Pray and think about it, Steve.

Stephen R. Lampl 07-05-2010 12:53 AM

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[quote=Tamara Cohen;806013]Please do not "get a life elsewhere" Steve.

Look, I'm 34. In the last year, I had a torn hamstring and compensating back injury that put me out almost completely for 2 months. And, now, I have this shoulder injury, which is going to be a long road. So, take a week and reevaluate if you must, but I expect to see you here :D.[/quote]
Tamara,

Thank you......sent you a PM....

Richard Macaulay 07-05-2010 04:13 AM

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Wow wow wow wow....steve dont you even think about quitting on us now. I was away from CF for a while, and when i came back, seeing the likes of you, nik etc still whooping butt really got me going again. Your so humble and generous with your thoughts and well wishes. You really care about what we all do, and not just with regards to CF. So steve, get on the sweat head band, rip off (ala hulk hogan) the t-shirt, grab some weight/rings/rope and get going!!

Ricky

Stephen R. Lampl 07-05-2010 10:40 AM

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[quote=Tamara Cohen;806013]Please do not "get a life elsewhere" Steve.

Look, I'm 34. In the last year, I had a torn hamstring and compensating back injury that put me out almost completely for 2 months. And, now, I have this shoulder injury, which is going to be a long road. So, take a week and reevaluate if you must, but I expect to see you here :D.[/quote]

Hey Tamara - -thanks again. I realize this is the first time I've gone over twelve weeks without taking a "rest-week", which I understand we should do anyway to give our bodies a chance to recover. And looking at your tremendous progress, especially in light of your work with your coach and Jay Ashman, I think I need to work closely with someone and develop my weaknesses. I always try to hit those anyway, but our box does not yet have the clientele to support a broader schedule. Anyway, going to take a long, hard look at what I want to do and hopefully when I'm done kicking my proverbial a** around the block, I'll jump back into it. I'm not a quitter, but sometimes I am too stupid to recognize certain things before they hit me upside the head.

[quote=Nancy Cohen;806017]Steve, I'm about to pm you.[/quote]

Thanks, Nancy. By now, hopefully you've gotten my reply. Sage advice, and maybe what I need to do.......Problem is, I have gotten too durned competitive (even against myself) in my old age for my own good. Drank the Kool-aid, saw what it did for me, and jumped in with both feet (like I do with everything in my life.....).

[quote=Benjamin R. Greene;806301]Oh no! Is it even possible that Steve is getting discouraged? Me, I understand, but Steve?

Don't let other people's abilities get yourself down, Steve. Somewhere, out there, is some guy who is way better than us at something. That is true for me, you, and everyone else who does CrossFit.

Remember how you were when you started? Go back and read the entry you did on your first day. Remember that guy? What has CrossFit done for your life?

And think about the support and encouragement you have given to thousands of CrossFitters when they were down, myself included. God introduced you to CrossFit for a reason: To bring joy and support to others. Each of those thousands of views on your posts is you bringing a message to a real person, and I guarantee you have changed people's lives. I know your support and advice has meant a lot to me.

I would be surprised if every CrossFitter, at least once, doesn't look at somebody else and think, "What am I doing here? I will never do that or look like that." Each of us is competing only with ourselves. Our innate athletic talent was given to us at birth, and our only competition is what we could do yesterday.

Pray and think about it, Steve.[/quote]

Ben, you are absolutely on-point! I've got to pray and think about it. I've been discouraged before, but never like this. I think part of it was having offended a fire-breather at our box who feels I'm "over the top" or too intense. Fact is, he is right. I just don't seem to have the ability to achieve balance in things and go full-tilt at life.......We have a term in law enforcement and EMS response driving - - "Drive at 3/4 speed when you feel you need to drive full-out......that way, you'll get there rather than having to have someone come rescue YOU!" Maybe I need to apply that to myself - - but it is sooooooo hard, especially when you see those PR "carrots" out there and start hitting them. The human body is an amazing thing.....and Coach Mark Rippetoe (one of the best in Oly and Weight lifting in general) says that we are going to get hurt doing CF, plain and simple. The key here is to [B]minimize[/B] the extent of the injury and train effectively. So, I guess this is where I put the prayer and thought to use. Thank you for your encouragement, my friend!

[quote=Richard Macaulay;806356]Wow wow wow wow....steve dont you even think about quitting on us now. I was away from CF for a while, and when i came back, seeing the likes of you, nik etc still whooping butt really got me going again. Your so humble and generous with your thoughts and well wishes. You really care about what we all do, and not just with regards to CF. So steve, get on the sweat head band, rip off (ala hulk hogan) the t-shirt, grab some weight/rings/rope and get going!!

Ricky[/quote]

Thanks, Ricky. You are too cool! You've probably read the previous part of this post.......not going to quit, because that's just not in my nature, but I tell you, I'd like to.......I guess discouragement hits everyone sometimes. It's just that I'd like to be one of the old "Smoke Farters" who gives the Masters' Games a go just once......and with my being 60 at the end of this year and in reasonable shape right now, I figured this was the time to start training. Well.....parts of me are as flexible as a dried out fence post and I crack, groan, and creak like the old gate swinging open and closed against that fence post. Anyway, gonna give it a rest for a few days and hopefully come back good as new (save for the tweaked hamstring). Just going to need a swift kick in the caboose for a few days/weeks.
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Apologize for the long-winded responses, but thanks everyone for the support. Gotta just "buck-up" I guess. I'll make it.....with folks like you cheering me on, I can't quit....

Benjamin R. Greene 07-06-2010 07:43 AM

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Hey, it's nice to know someone cares, isn't it? I mean, if the response to your "goodbye" post had been dead silence, what would you have felt like? A lot of people care about you Steve, which most people in the universe can't say. I can't count how many times I have seen a long term employee retire or quit and the entire organization doesn't even blink. No goodbye lunch, no gold watch, no gift certificate, nothing. See ya.

And as far as offending the firebreather for being too intense, don't let it get you down. My experience has been you can't really say you are truly involved in something until someone in the group doesn't like you. Not every personality in the world meshes with every other one, and if you are involved with a group long enough and intensely enough, sooner or later someone will dislike you. I'm sure you did nothing wrong. Hey, is there is another group in your area? Perhaps a change would help.

Helen Lawson 07-06-2010 09:30 AM

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Hey Steve...hope you don't mind...but it's time for my 2 cents:

You know darn well that 95% of average americans couldn't OHS a PVC correctly for weeks after thier first attempt! So...don't let anything like that get you down!

Re-evaluate your purpose for CrossFitting...yes, I agree...I think everyone should do that regularly! And yes, evaluate why you are getting injured. Are you (or your coach) pushing too hard? Or is it because of weaknesses you aren't addressing?

Time to get a life somewhere other than CrossFit? Again...I agree! Everyone needs balance in thier life: Family, friends, hobbies, fitness, work, relaxation, etc... should all get a healthy share of your time!

I really think that if you learn to not push so hard, take more rest, work your weaknesses and find balance in your life then you could compete in the masters in a few years!

I do think that for a 60 yo guy that wasn't really working out 2 years ago, doing 2 WODs a day and trying to compete with 30 year olds is a bit silly! Give yourself a break! Look at your accomplishments! After taking some rest keep plugging along with your workouts...set very short term goals that are attainable! But don't make CrossFit your life! Instead, make your life better because of CrossFit!

Stephen R. Lampl 07-06-2010 10:09 AM

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Ben, you are correct in everything you said. That's what I love about this CrossFit Community. There are people here who will push you if you're lazy, tell you to back off if you are going too hard, and of course support you throughout your travels down the CF Road.

PM coming your way when I get home to my PC.

Helen,

I am thankful you put in those two cents! Youi're a sweetheart to be willing to share those thoughts with all you've gone through. PM coming your way later also.

Thanks, both of you!

Nancy Cohen 07-06-2010 12:19 PM

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Steve, I agree with Helen. Also, I did not get your pm reply. Was wondering if Big Brother was censoring pm's. Hmm.

Stephen R. Lampl 07-06-2010 02:13 PM

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[quote=Nancy Cohen;807033]Steve, I agree with Helen. Also, I did not get your pm reply. Was wondering if Big Brother was censoring pm's. Hmm.[/quote]
Nancy,

Sorry I am so tardy on the response.......PM coming to you.....

Matt Bahen 07-06-2010 02:39 PM

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[QUOTE=Stephen R. Lampl;805955][I][B]100703 SATURDAY

[/B][/I]Had a proverbial "come to Jesus" (pardon the expression) experience today......have really felt in rut and not really progressing with my training.

We did OHS today for a 1 RM. Torn hamstring felt absolutely fine with the light weights I've been able to handle doing OHS anyway. So really concentrated and warmed up with a 45# bar 2 X 5. That was a PR - - I've never been able to do that without coming forward on my toes and losing the bar somewhere in a 5 X. Eventually worked up to PR of 75# X 1 rep. Only to see 1). A 12 or 13 year old boy who has NEVER done an OHS put up 75#......and then a woman who just joined our box and has not done OHs before also put up 75#. I've been trying to do OHS for [U]1.5 freakin' years![/U] Same thing with DUs........yet others can just "get them" after a few weeks of work at the most.

Time for me to re-evaluate my purpose for CrossFitting......I seem to regularly injure myself enough to have set-backs every 4 to 6 months. I'm not making any real progress. Worse yet, my unbridled passion has apparently alienated some folks, maybe even here on the forum - - I just hope the ones I might have offended at the box will continue to come.......

Perhaps it's time for me to start thinking like a 59 year old "smoke farter" (as per the phrase coined by one of the "Over 50 CrossFitter's") and leave the fire breathing to the younger, more flexible folks. I thought I might have a chance at the Masters' next year, but the more I research things, the more I realize that I'm attempting to reach way beyond my abilities. I think even with solid one-on-one coaching it would be a long-shot.

Anyway, nuff said. Time for me to get a life elsewhere besides on this log and learn to focus my passion in a sensible way.

Blessings and ROCK ON!

Steve[/QUOTE]

I come over here for the first time to the FAMOUS Steve's Log (sorry for it being the first time...) & that's what I see?!?

SOOOOOO glad you listened to the great advice that Nancy, Tamara, Ricky (my bro), Helen, and Ben gave you because it really is good stuff.

So what that a 13-yr old boy did a 75# OHS? So what that a new woman to your box did the same? How many 'average' American males of the wise age of 59 are doing half...no, no, dare I say a QUARTER of the things you are doing? Not many my friend. Glad to see you didn't say Die & that you're rehabing appropriately & will soon be 'back in the fight.'

Some days you're the bug & some days you're the windshield. It happens to ALL OF US! Keep on keeping on with your training & your days of being the windshield will definitely increase.

Stephen R. Lampl 07-06-2010 03:00 PM

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Hi Matt,

Thanks for stopping by.......sorry you ran into this........Just got caught at a bit of a crossroads last Saturday and of course, instead of looking at my own progress, let that of a couple of newbies (who are doing AWESOME, by the way) influence how I felt........never mind that I've discovered that I've got the back/hip flexibility of a dry old 1 X 12 - - that didn't help things........

I shouldda also taken a breather or two after having my little "pity party" before I sat down at this PC and started clacking away at the keys......I'm not a quitter though and realize I need to pull myself up by my boot straps, get a grip, and just do the next WOD......they won't go away, so I better be ready. Just have to rehab my hammy first.....

I love your comparison of the bug and windshield. And I'm also finding out just how many friends and encouragers (like yourself - - Thanks Matt) I have in the CF community. Kinda like the line from BackDraft......"You go, I go." Someone here [U][B]always [/B][/U]has our backs! AWESOME!

Thanks again for the kick in the butt!

Stephen R. Lampl 07-07-2010 11:50 AM

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I've had a chance to seriously reflect on my "meltdown" last Saturday. First, I want to apologize to everyone for whining on the boards. We all have our ups and downs, but most of us do a far better job of getting a grip before we throw stuff out here.....

I don't want anyone to think for one minute, that this forum is anything but fantastic. I don't know of anyone I've ever posted with or had post on my log who has been other than supportive, encouraging, and/or who has provided a wealth of information. I definitely know that it would have been easier to throw in the towel and give up without people I've come to know and respect here on the boards giving me a kick in my proverbial butt.

All this being said, I failed to consider [U]everything[/U] in perspective to my past training, abilities, physiological make-up, and weaknesses. When I take everything in perspective, it all makes perfect sense. With my abysmal OHS for example, it's just simply a total lack of necessary flexibility to allow me to support weight in the proper position overhead.Period. Double Unders suck for most people who try and learn them. I'm sure there are wunder kinds out there who get 'em the first time they swing the rope......So Steve, shut up, bite your tongue, and jump some more. They [I][B]will[/B][/I] come.

So......I am working on rehabbing my R/hamstring. Things are coming along - - slowly but surely. I am/will be WODding where I can and when our box does stuff that's too intense for the hamstring(s) during recovery, I'll hit the strength and skill work with other parts of the body. Now, to just learn to dial in the eating part of it.........

Most of all, I need to thank everyone for showing me to just be myself. I may be older, but this stuff called CrossFit [U][B]works[/B][/U] and has turned me into a much better person than I would be without it. Learning to temper my enthusiasm, passion, competitiveness, and occasionally "in-your-face" attitude I've gained from being a CrossFitter so I avoid injury and maximize my training will be the hard part. But I [U][B]can[/B][/U] do it.

Thanks again. ROCK ON!

Laurie Smith 07-07-2010 01:59 PM

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It took me a year before I got my double unders. I'm still working on overhead squats and I come to this forum to ***** and share my pain as well as improvements because I know you guys know EXACTLY where I'm coming from. We are all in this together. That is the beauty of our CrossFit community!! Glad you've snapped out of it!! :highfive:


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